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  • adj. In a tough manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a tough manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a tough manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a ruggedly tough manner


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  • Lafeu, as it happens, is expressing himself in prose: the kind of toughly, densely-argued prose that Hamlet uses when he gets down to bedrock.

  • And as a veteran of the browser wars, she knew that every point of market share was as toughly contested as a football goal-line stand.

    In the Plex

  • Vuturo toughly cross-examined arresting officers demanding they tell in detail what they saw and what they did.

    Karl Grossman: The Last Police Raid on Gays of Fire Island

  • The goal brought to life a toughly contested game in which both tired-looking teams battled to find any rhythm.

    Mali 0-1 Ivory Coast | Africa Cup of Nations semi-final match report

  • Today's conservatives have translated that into "Talk toughly while toting a tiny twig".

    Reese Schonfeld: Resolved: Obama's Foreign Policy Spells America's Decline

  • With Mary Schapiro testifying before the House Financial Services Committee, the Project on Government Oversight has released some toughly-worded questions for her.

    Tough questions for SEC's Mary Schapiro

  • No matter how courageous I tried to be in jails and (penal) colonies all over Russia, but after the 9th of July I had really to pull myself together toughly, so that, quite trivially, my handwriting would be readable, and my thoughts would stop being like disorderly rabble.

    Physicist in Spy Swap Hopes to Return to Russia

  • "We have to do everything we can to try to repeal this bill," Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell toughly insisted, "and replace it with common sense reforms to bring down the cost of health care."

    Robert J. Elisberg: Where There's a Will, There's Away

  • Though he appears to be suggesting that his opposition to immunity might be tempered if he gets access to the White House documents that the Senate intel community reviewed before producing a bill containing immunity, this is nonetheless some pretty toughly-worded opposition.


  • Late last week, the Warner resolution picked up the support of three key Senators: GOPer Chuck Hagel, and Dems Joe Biden and Carl Levin, all of whom had earlier been championing a more toughly-worded resolution.

    Will GOP Succeed In Scuttling Anti-Escalation Proposal?


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